Mosul, Iraq, Jan 24, 2018 / 12:59 pm America/Denver (CNA).
A newborn baby was sentenced to death after Iraqi tribal leaders discovered it had been conceived in rape committed by an ISIS terrorist. With the help of some Catholic sisters, the child’s mother was able to make a plan for the baby to be adopted.
The young woman's story was recently shared by Aid to the Church in Need, a pontifical foundation supporting Catholic ministries in the Middle East.
ACN reported that the young woman, whose name was not released, had been kidnapped and raped by jihadists. During the ISIS occupation of northern Iraq, Christian and minority women were routinely kidnapped by ISIS, and often were treated as sex slaves for militants.
When tribal elders learned a teenager had become pregnant while in ISIS captivity, “they made the decision to kill the baby as soon as it was born.”
“They could not live a baby conceived by ISIS. For them it was practically the devil,” ACN stated.